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Sunday, December 12, 2010

KC-MO Firefighters Endangered Again At A Structure Fire

Saturday morning- CSW was the first in Kansas City to report 3 KC-MO firefighters who were trapped and injured fighting a house fire- it nearly happened again Sunday morning.

At 2:34 a.m.- five companies of the KC-MO Fire department were called to the 1100 block of Northwest 70th Place in the Northland- on a reported townhouse on fire.

The first company arrived at 2:42 a.m.- a reported "fire showing" from a 2-story structure.

Four minutes later- the response is upgraded to a "1st-alarm" assignment- and 3 more companies that included a Gladstone ladder truck- were sent to the scene.

The firefight continued in near zero wind chills and northwest winds gusting as high as 40 m.p.h. until- at 3:09 a.m.- a firefighter calls a "mayday." 

Once again- a 2nd-alarm is immediately dispatched and fire crews at the scene drop their previous assignments and go looking for the trapped firefighter.

The missing crew member had fallen through a floor- but recovered and got outside the building.  He was looked at by on-scene EMS personnel- but refused transport to a hospital.

Another firefighter slipped and sprained an ankle on the icy scene- but he too refused EMS transport.

The fire was brought under control at 3:30 a.m.- but not before 4 units in the building had been severely damaged.

More than a half-dozen residents were displaced by the fire- but on this bitterly cold and windy morning- neither those residents nor any firefighters left the scene in an ambulance.

The cause is still under investigation.


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